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#145280 - 08/22/08 09:11 AM Best survival cell phone
xavier01 Offline
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Registered: 12/02/02
Posts: 86
Loc: Phx, AZ
My phone just up and died. So, what is the best survival-related replacement. I am eyeing the new iPhone 3G because it mentions something about GPS (though I really don't know what that does for me in the wild).

If I had the perfect survival phone, it would include the following features:

1) compass (like my watch has)
2) flashlight
3) camera


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#145291 - 08/22/08 11:15 AM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: xavier01]
SARbound Offline
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Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 503
Loc: Quebec City, Canada
If you feel like getting an iPhone, just get one. The best survival cell phone is the one that's going to work when you're in trouble. You're waaaaaaay better off getting a small seperate flashlight and compass.
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#145293 - 08/22/08 11:28 AM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: SARbound]
Rodion Offline
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Registered: 04/29/08
Posts: 285
Loc: Israel
^ Truth.

Get a Nokia.

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#145295 - 08/22/08 11:33 AM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: xavier01]
CityBoyGoneCountry Offline
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Registered: 11/04/07
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It's not only the phone itself you have to think about, it's also the service provider and the specific plan you pay for. I have a map somewhere showing where in the country my phone will have service, and there are many areas where it will not.

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#145317 - 08/22/08 01:08 PM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: SARbound]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
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I don't think that you can get "just a phone" anymore anyway. They have more stuff on them, and a thicker manual, than I care to think about. Go into any cell service store and ask for a phone that is only a phone, they look at you like you have grown a second head...
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#145320 - 08/22/08 01:28 PM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: OldBaldGuy]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Originally Posted By: OldBaldGuy
Go into any cell service store and ask for a phone that is only a phone, they look at you like you have grown a second head...


Surely there is something in Paragon's FAK to take care of that.

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#145321 - 08/22/08 01:30 PM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: xavier01]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3077
You may want to check out the Sonim XP1 for use as a dedicated survival phone.

http://www.toughestphone.com/en/xp1

There are lots of videos on Youtube demonstrating how tough the XP1 is.




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#145325 - 08/22/08 01:45 PM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
BruceZed Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 289
Loc: Canada
The phone that can pick up the best signal in the wilderness, which has to do more with your service provider. A strong phone is nice, but it does not mean you can actually talk to anyone.
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#145329 - 08/22/08 01:58 PM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: dweste]
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#145333 - 08/22/08 02:04 PM Re: Best survival cell phone [Re: ]
Rodion Offline
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Registered: 04/29/08
Posts: 285
Loc: Israel
Originally Posted By: sockpuppet
What the hell is a survival cell phone? Man , some people get way too carried away with the survival thing. You know, 100 years ago people survived just fine without cell phones. Anyway, If you are refering to something that you can take far into the field, I would suggest an iridium phone. Obviously not something you would use every day, but its as close to a "survival phone" as any I can come up with.


The question was which of the currently available cellphones would give the most benefits in a survival situation.

I agree the most important consideration is which of them would work.
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